Celebrate Independence Day in Nevada County

Nevada County will be celebrating USA’s birthday this 4th of July, with the theme of the 2019 Parade & Fireworks Celebration, Hats Off to Nevada County.”  

Continuing a tradition that began 118 years ago, Grass Valley will be hosting this year’s July Fourth parade.  It was in 1901 that an agreement was struck between Nevada City and Grass Valley to alternate the parade between the two communities.  Since then, Grass Valley has hosted the celebration on odd-numbered years and Nevada City on even-numbered years.

Photo courtesy of The Union

“What happens here on July Fourth is the epitome of a small-town celebration,” says Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. “Whether the parade is in Grass Valley or Nevada City, the focus is on three important elements of American life: families, communities, and patriotism.”

More than 70 entries, including a fantastic mix of floats, horseback riders, cars, marchers and dancers all displaying red, white and blue and waving American flags, will begin the march through historic Grass Valley at 11:00 a.m. The Nevada County Concert Band will be performing at Neal and Mill streets before and during the parade, helping to make it a patriotic event to remember!

Photo courtesy of Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Heather Haddock, Grass Valley’s local supporter with the Grass Valley Downtown Association and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber, will launch the parade procession with a patriotic opening; singing The National Anthem.

We highly recommend that parade goers arrive early with lawn chairs in hand, to find a good vantage point along the parade route!

Photo courtesy of The Union

The celebration continues at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley with a family-oriented festivities, starting at 3:00 p.m. The fireworks won’t blast off until 9:30 p.m, but there are plenty of fun festivities to keep you entertained all afternoon.

Arrive early to spread out your blankets and chairs on the greens of the fairgrounds for fireworks viewing and keep the entire family entertained with musical performances starting at 4:00 p.m. on the Pine Tree Stage. Rewind Press Play will kick off the afternoon with their lively rock and roll show, followed by the musical stylings of Vicki Fortini. Get ready for Elvis, as Rewind returns to the stage with their Elvis Show! from 7:30 p.m. until the fireworks blast off when night falls. Or you can boogie on over to the Dance Pad to stomp around with the Tommyknocker Cloggers at 4:00 p.m. and keep your dancing shoes on to get down with DJ Jamal Walker starting at 6:30 p.m. The grounds will also host a craft fair, bounce house, face painters and balloons to keep the little ones celebrating all day long!

Treat Street will be open with local organizations serving food and the Grass Valley and  Nevada City Chambers of Commerce, along with the Grass Valley Downtown Association will be operating the beer and wine booth.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, so we encourage you to purchase in advance at the Greater Grass Valley or Nevada City Chambers of Commerce or online at www.grassvalleychamber.com.  Tickets will be available at the discounted rate until noon on Thursday, July Fourth both online and at the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers. Active and retired military and spouses with Military ID’s and kids under 12 are free. The Nevada County Fairgrounds charges $6 for parking at Gate 4 and, parking is limited.  Please Note: the Fairgrounds does not permit: alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks.

Content submitted by Robin Davies, Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce